Turntable Interview

Turntable Interview: Angel Olsen

By Melissa Locker / January 17, 2013 - 2:51 pm

Angel Olsen isn’t a household name yet, but once you hear her unforgettable voice and her skill at manipulating it in unexpected ways, you may find yourself playing the role of the town crier making sure everyone knows her name. The Chicago-based songwriter is entirely self-taught and she has earned some ardent fans for her… More »

Turntable Interview: alt-J

By Melissa Locker / January 3, 2013 - 1:47 pm

I will admit that I hadn’t heard of alt-J until the band won the 2012 Mercury Prize for their album An Awesome Wave. With the win, the four-piece band, who named themselves after the Macintosh keyboard shortcut for the delta symbol, joins the ranks of such notable past winners as PJ Harvey, the xx, Arctic… More »

Turntable Interview: Diamond Rings

By Melissa Locker / December 20, 2012 - 2:11 pm

If you want to see a serious stage shows, John O’Regan a.k.a. Diamond Rings is your guy. When he plays live, he manages to fill a venue with a visceral energy that gets your heart pumping and feet moving, as he spins around the stage like a whirling dervish in sequined spandex. He’s expending so… More »

Turntable Interview: TEEN

By Melissa Locker / December 7, 2012 - 10:43 am

When ex-Here We Go Magic keyboardist Kristina a.k.a. Teeny Lieberson wanted to form a new band, she turned to her two sisters — Katherine and Lizzy Lieberson — and a friend, Jane Hership, to form TEEN. Teeny spent three years writing the songs that appear on the group’s debut album, In Limbo, for which they… More »

Turntable Interview: Sara Lund (Unwound)

By Melissa Locker / November 15, 2012 - 5:01 pm

Sara Lund is undoubtedly one of the best drummers in the Pacific Northwest — and has been for as long as some of you have been alive. Her steadily adventurous drumming built a solid foundation for Unwound throughout the ’90s and early ’00s. Now she plays with both the Corin Tucker Band and Hungry Ghost. More »

Turntable Interview: Sinkane

By Melissa Locker / November 2, 2012 - 4:09 pm

Ahmed Gallab has had a busy few months. Not only has he just released his debut record Mars for DFA Records under the name Sinkane, but his band played seemingly every CMJ showcase, sometimes performing at three shows in one night. While Sinkane is a newcomer to the scene, Gallab has years of experience under… More »

Turntable Interview: Grass Widow

By Melissa Locker / October 18, 2012 - 1:42 pm

There’s no other band that sounds quite like Grass Widow. The San Francisco post-punk three-piece composed of drummer Lillian Maring, guitarist Raven Mahon, and bassist Hannah Lew consistently churns out complex and catchy songs that blend genres, pairing sounds like spacey Moog with powerful punk beats and three-part harmonies. They put out two albums o… More »

Turntable Interview: John Cale

By Melissa Locker / October 5, 2012 - 10:35 am

As a music fan, it’s hard to express the heart-palpitating, adrenaline-boosting excitement of getting an email asking if you would like to interview rock legend John Cale. As one of the founders of the Velvet Underground, Cale lies at the root of much of the modern music we know. As a producer he has worked… More »

Turntable Interview: Matt & Kim

By Melissa Locker / September 20, 2012 - 3:25 pm

Brooklyn indie dance duo Matt Johnson and Kim Schifino will release their highly-anticipated album Lightning on October 2.  The album, which was written, recorded and self-produced by Matt and Kim is the dynamic duo’s fourth LP and fans can expect more of their energetic, enterprising and downright fun songs. Matt & Kim hopped on to Turntable.fm… More »

Turntable Interview: Grizzly Bear

By Melissa Locker / September 7, 2012 - 10:25 am

It’s been three years since Grizzly Bear’s Veckatimest dazzled fans. Now their wildly anticipated follow up Shields is due in stores on September 18th. The band has released two singles “Sleeping Ute” and “Yet Again,” ahead of the full-length giving listeners a hint at the haunting melodies, anxious rhythms, and dreamy hooks that make u… More »

Turntable Interview: The Mountain Goats

By Melissa Locker / August 24, 2012 - 8:48 am

The Mountain Goats are just about to release Transcendental Youth, which is their 14th studio album. In support of their album the group, comprised of John Darnielle, drummer Jon Wurster and bassist Peter Hughes, is about to set out on another nationwide tour. But before they leave, the band’s charismatic frontman Darnielle (above, center) met… More »

Turntable Interview: Corin Tucker

By Melissa Locker / August 9, 2012 - 5:27 pm

Corin Tucker has been making music longer than some of you have been alive. Bursting out of the burgeoning music scene in Olympia, Washington in the early ’90s, Tucker sang her heart out in Heavens To Betsy before teaming up with Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss (who are both now in Wild Flag) to form… More »

Turntable Interview: Tim Harrington

By Melissa Locker / July 26, 2012 - 2:53 pm

Tim Harrington scarcely needs an introduction, but we’ll give him one anyway. He’s the front man for Les Savy Fav, where he consistently delivers gritty art-punk while staging a one-man performance art piece. His onstage skylarking — including acrobatic set climbing, public wardrobe changes, and frenetic audience interplay — has made Les Savy Fav one… More »

Turntable Interview: Kitty Pryde

By Melissa Locker / July 12, 2012 - 11:57 am

Kitty Pryde is a 19 year old Daytona Beach native who is making waves in the hip-hop world with her homespun raps about Justin Bieber. The pint-sized redhead is the poster girl for a new wave of hip hop with perfect eyeliner, an active Tumblr, and no apparent fear of oversharing. Her new EP (and… More »

Turntable Interview: Marnie Stern

By Melissa Locker / June 28, 2012 - 1:08 pm

Back in 2007, the New York Times called Marnie Stern’s debut release, In Advance Of The Broken Arm, “The year’s most exciting rock ‘n’ roll album.” It was, too. Pairing blistering guitar riffs with jaw-dropping chops, a unique finger-tapping style and a layered vocal performance, Marnie sounded like no one else. She’s put out two… More »

Turntable Interview: Ted Leo

By Melissa Locker / June 14, 2012 - 4:07 pm

[Welcome a new feature to Stereogum! You may recognize Turntable Interview from The Hairpin, where Melissa Locker published transcripts of her chats with people of note while trading songs in a Turntable.fm chat room. We liked the concept, and she wanted to focus primarily on musicians, so we’re happy to create this space for her. More »

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